Provost celebrates St Johnstone football club
Perth and Kinross Provost Liz Grant welcomed representatives from St. Johnstone Football Club on Thursday 12 December 2013 to congratulate the club on their efforts to support national anti-racism campaign, Show Racism the Red Card.
St. Johnstone became the first ever Scottish football club to be inducted into the Show Racism the Red Card Hall of Fame at a recent ceremony held at Hampden Park to mark 10 years of Show Racism the Red Card campaigning work in Scotland.
The ceremony also saw current Saints star Nigel Hasselbaink and former Saints players Liam Craig, Gregory Tade and Stuart McCaffrey amongst the 10 individual Show Racism the Red Card Hall of Fame inductees for their work with the campaign with Saints and with other clubs they have played for over the years.
The anti-racism work carried out by St Johnstone is part of an innovative partnership agreement with Perth & Kinross Council, supported by the Community Safety Partnership. This has been acknowledged by Show Racism the Red Card as their longest-running partnership agreement which was formally established in 2008, although work with the campaign in Perth and Kinross has been ongoing since 2005.
The Provost said: “I am delighted that St. Johnstone FC have received this award in recognition of the partnership work undertaken with Show Racism the Red Card and I would like to warmly congratulate them. It is a tribute to the hard work of all involved at the club in promoting a positive message to everyone in our local community.
The work with the campaign has grown in strength each year and last year for example, a record number of 1232 pupils from 41 primary schools around Perth and Kinross benefited from different forms of anti-racist educational workshops.”